In Review: Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #5

Eisner Award nominee Jody Houser returns for the second arc of the Doctor Who ongoing series, as the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her new companions venture out into the unknown.

Eisner Award nominee Jody Houser returns for the second arc of the Doctor Who ongoing series, as the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her new companions venture out into the unknown.

Review: The Doctor and her companions start a new adventure, which takes them to earth’s past.

The Story

Jody Houser brings forth a historical Doctor Who story, which lands the 13th Doctor and her friends in the middle of a village, which is living in fear of the Gelders Wars, but when they run into a local woman by the name of Magda. The Doctor begins to realize that there could be some alien involvement and thus the adventure begins.

The Artwork

Rachael Stott gets the opportunity to draw a village setting from Europe of the 1500s and doesn’t disappoint. She manages to get the ambient feel for the setting with the various buildings and cobblestone roads bang on.

She also does a wonderful job of approximating a great many of Jody Whitackers facial expressions, which is a huge task given that Whitacker has something like 360 different facial ticks.

The best artwork though is reserved for page 16 where we get a single splash page of the Doctor talking about the merits of running away and how to run is still making a choice.

Overall

This is a promising start to a new story arc, which will hopefully give the companions a chance to shine.

I loved the fact that the companions are up on th Gelder Wars via listening to a history podcast and also loved the Doctor’s reaction to that. Especially given that The Doctor is usually supposed to be the smarted person in the room.

A really strong start, which ends on a cliffhanger that will perhaps just about keep fans hanging on for more to come in the next issue.

9.3
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #5
  • Covers
    9.3
  • Story
    8.6
  • Artwork
    9.5
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.6

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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